Checa: "One of the biggest highsides of my career"

Checa went down hard at Siberia today

Alstare Ducati’s Carlos Checa has said that he was “lucky not to break anything” in what he claims was one of the biggest highsides of his career. The Spaniard, who crashed early on in the free practice session sidelining him for the majority of the hour long practice. He did get out in the first qualifying session in the afternoon and set a time that originally put him in 3rd place. However, after starting to feel dizzy half way through the session he decided to sit the rest of it out, leaving him to slip down to 12th.

Checa said: I was looking forward to today and improving the bike after the official tests, but things didn’t turn out how I wanted. This morning, after only seven laps, I crashed exiting Siberia. It was one of the biggest highsides of my career and I think I went up a long way before hitting the track. I was lucky not to break anything but I hurt my left shoulder and my right foot, which is a bit of a problem because I use the rear brake quite a bit. The crash ended the session for me, but fortunately I was able to get out in the afternoon, put in some laps and get a time. Once again, I completed seven laps and ended 12th fastest overall.
It was a shame because, up until the crash, we had been heading in the right direction with the bike once more. We’d changed the set-up just before the crash, but we’ll have to look at the telemetry before we draw any conclusions. In the afternoon we went back to the original set-up – the one we’d used in testing – to make sure of a decent lap time. I’m sorry for all the work I’ve caused the mechanics, but hopefully I will feel better tomorrow morning and we can get back to improving the bike.’


It wasn’t a great day for Alstare, Badovini who injured himself after a fast crash in testing also went down in the first session is feeling very battered and brusied, he finished the day in 16th place: ‘The last thing I wanted today was another crash, but that’s what happened! I banged my right foot and later, when I took my leathers off, the ankle was pretty swollen. Before the crash, which happened at the last corner (so it was pretty fast!), I could manage the left turns OK, but the right-handers were causing me some problems. I was finding it difficult to push hard in the right turns. So, if we can improve the set-up of the bike for right-handers, it will make my job a bit easier. At the moment I feel a bit destroyed, but I’m sure I will feel better after a good night’s sleep and some massages.’
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